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There are a whole bunch of interpersonal investigative skills such as
Flattery, Intimidation, Reassurance. Can an inappropriate use of one of
these skills 'fail' or make a situation worse, or would the
investigator instinctively know that now is not the right time to use
Flattery for example?
As an example, lets say we have a witness to a crime who is
petrified. They have a Core Clue that can be retrieved by the
investigators. However, I would like to portray this guy as someone who
hates to be intimidated and would rather fight back than be cowed by any
In this circumstance what do I do if an investigator tries to
intimidate them? Do I let them fail, making things worse (as long as the
core clue is still obtainable some other way of course), or do I assume
that their skill in Intimidation tells them this would not be a good
time to use it?
Thanks in advance for any help,